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  1. The very statement "one can't promise that knowledge is true" is an example! There is no such thing as false knowledge. Belief's that don't correspond to fact are not knowledge. A is A. Im certain of it and gaurantee that I will never observe a contradiction. I live in a raised floor house. I am certain of it and nothing could possibly make this belief false. I know it. I built every square inch of it myself...
  2. SK you may, or may not be aware of certain arguments about what Oist call "contextual absolutes". The contention you and Grames are discussing is related to this topic. Many are influenced by Dr. Peikoff's theory of induction as relates to this type of debate. There are Objectivist who take issue with Dr. Peikoff's theory of induction such as Prof. John McCaskey and myself. One of the contentions is the idea that a universal claim can be meaningfully limited to a certain context such that it does not render the epistemology that says it can contradictory and subjectivist.
  3. "Don, the above suggest you have not considered certain other possible intentions that could lend a different evaluation of the reasons others hold for rejecting the belief that knowledge and truth cannot be seperated the way that belief and truth and knowledge and justification can. "
  4. Gettier seperates justification from Knowledge, not truth from knowledge, such as has been done in this thread. One can believe something true and not have a justified reason for that belief. That is why JTB often brings luck into the discussion. Someones could take as justification "because momma said so", while the belief is that A is A....Does the person in this case know A is A?
  5. Don, the above suggest you have not considered certain other intentions that could lend a different evaluation of the reasons other hold for rejecting the belief that knowledge and truth cannot be seperated the way that belief and truth and knowledge and justification can. One such alternative motivation, a primarily first person one for me is, having beleived many things personally that I later came to realize where not true. Another is the realization that defining knowledge according to belief apart from corresponence to fact is the defining charachteristic of the primacy of co
  6. This is false and "virtue epistemology" is another example of the postmodern assault on truth and objectivity. Good intentions does not knowledge make. False beliefs pressupose knowledge but not of the intended state of affairs to which the belief claims to be knowledge of. From OPAR
  7. You should consider the fact that this policy will continue to garner you disdain and frustration from people who take philsophy seriously enough to take the time to say what they mean. More importantly this policy will also effect ones cognition because language is primary a tool of cognition and not communication. Context is not a license to equivocate and taking it as such will do you no favors in persuing facts or communicating them.
  8. Yes, a true belief that corresponds to facts. The conditions that satisfy belief that P are obtained. ( for anyone familiar with arguments about JTB, knowledge without belief is evasion) Homework: Why does a parrot who can say 1+1=2 not have knowledge according to Objectivism?
  9. Grames, I'm interested in any examples that you take as justifying the belief that Objectivism supports this premise. I am very curious to see your process here.
  10. Knowledge is always possession of truth. Beliefs that are untrue are not knowledge.
  11. In Oist epistemology, the refinement of knowledge of the units of a concept and therefore the change of definition in relation to an essential differentiating characteristic, at no time means that the previous context of knowledge is untrue The contextual nature of knowledge in objectivism does not separate truth from knowledge. In ITOE, when explaining the process of a child gaining more knowledge about a concepts units and therefore updating the definition, Ms. Rand says :
  12. The "means" of knowledge and what one is said to "do" in obtaining it (it being knowledge) is not an instance of knowledge itself. You are conflating process with outcome.
  13. I fear for the future of Oism.... Knowledge is not a "method" it is obtained by method. It is the outcome of method. Objectivism is about "adhering to the object" (76 lectures) in the relation of the "s"ubject to the object. Patrik this thread is a mess and I recommend you read Greg Salmieri's paper Conceptualization and Justification in the book Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge. The answers in this thread seem oblivious to the acontextual nature of axiomatic knowledge. Once grasped its impossible to be wrong about that knowldge and all knowledge rests on non-propo
  14. So your reality departing hypothetical is that a physically contsrained 2d plane can take place in a 3d universe? Hyperspace is a nonsensical theoretical unicorn of modern science. I don't care to debate it.
  15. No, that is not what I said at all. You gave an example of a situation were a entity (book) occupied the relation of being above something else as one instance of a unit of "aboveness" and then described a 2nd situation that does not satisfy the conditions that qualify as an above relation. This cannot be a valid defense of your claim that "a concept can have different sets of referents depending on what is actually the case?" because your second situation has nothing to do with an above relation. Since the 2nd situation is not an unit of "aboveness" it doesnt even make since for you to offer
  16. That is not what I said at all. How you think "the concept of "aboveness" is dependent on what things in reality satisfy the relation of "aboveness" means the same thing as the statement: "the meaning of a concept is its referents." Is also a mystery. Lol, how are you gonna look up to see something if there is no up because you are on a 2d plane and therefore no place for anything to be ?
  17. Explain to me how you think you could form the concept of aboveness in this situation.
  18. This is a non sequitur. You are equivocating between the general concept of "aboveness" and wether a particular entity is above any other. How you could turn this equivocation into an argument for a concept having different referents is a mystery.
  19. Lets be real clear here. Do you agree that these two statements are not synonymous: 1). People sometimes use the same word to stand for different referents as other people. 2). The same concept can have different referents depending on what is actually the case. edit: you very often attempt to prove a philosophical premise via the use of an example that contains a special science theoretical claim. I mean theoretical in the technical sense of the scientific realism debate over theoretical terms. I suggest you use a non theoretical abstraction to make your point so you d
  20. It is probably easier for you to state what you think the differentia is in your view of P vs LP. LP is very often just called P. Of course the correspondence theory of truth is not synonymous with verificationism. I didn't say it was. However V is a species of correspondence theory.
  21. You need reason, which deploys logic and evidence to create concepts. Edit: P.S. You are not the first to complain on the main point of your paper. Your view is quite closely shared with Scott Ryan.
  22. This thread is a mess: Spooky's notion of "neutrality" is nonsensicle and impossible. (As well as useless.) All statements presuppose a backgrount set of positive beliefs about what the file folder the concepts one is using language to symbolize contains. There is no such thing as a definition that doesnt import ones own intensional notion of what units the concepts refer to and that is what spooky's "operational" definition" would actually involve. All true statements (and concepts) are tautologies in the sense that spooky wants to avoid. Every definition self-references the units over w
  23. I havent read the whole thread and only read a couple of paragraphs before finding what I consider very large problems. I may or may not have time to address this.... Spooky, would it be correct to say that your interest in this topic was related to your persuit of the topic of dualism, ie, the ontology of mind and concepts?
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